I have noticed a shift in the ebay market for chips that make me think the market for chips might have bottomed.
* The general availablity of chips by the rack on ebay has diminished. You would be very hard pressed to quickly put together a playable set of many of the older chips at any price. Even chips that were commonly available six months or a year ago can be hard to find. I suspect it would take me years to replicate my ~3,000 outpost chip set and likely I'd spend a whole lot more than I paid the first time around.
* When chips in rack quantity do come on ebay they often sell at better than expected prices (well my obviously wrong expectations). For example here is a rack of 100 $1 PCA used primary chips sold for $112.50 on may 3rd with 6 bidders. That's almost triple the price we paid from The Chiproom. 100- $1 President Casino Paulson Poker Chips | eBay
* I see more auctions 'flipping' chips from the Chiproom and I see them sooner after the original sale. The prices might still be low by 2008 - 2009 standards but still higher than the bulk sale price from JIm at the Chiproom.
* I see bigger price changes in the less expensive chips like the $1 PCA primaries. There were two racks of Bahamia $1 chips that sold for $1.45 each a month ago (I'd have been bidding if I had seen them.) Bahamia ones can go as high as $2 each in quantity. 100 Bahamia Casino $1.00 Paulson Chips | eBay
All of this makes me think that the days of "cheap" chips might be coming to an end. Even the Chiproom is going to run out of bankrupt casinos someday (Say it isn't so. Please!
I found only one 'bargin' this year - 300 CiC chips from the Americana in Aruba for 50 cents each. (and that was due to a seller's error posting the auction with a picture of a single chip rather than racks.) Last year I bought something like 5,000 chips. Maybe I have been spoiled thinking that a casino paulson chip should sell for a lot less than $1 each. You can find old threads where the general advice was any paulson casino chip priced less than a buck was a deal.
So I would like to see what everyone else thinks about pricing and trends. Maybe I need to adjust my expectations?
PS I would be remiss not to thank the Chiproom for bringing so many chips to market at an affordable price point.